Category: Trips

One More Drink, and I’ll Move On (Conundrum Couloir)

Mountain(s): Conundrum Peak (14,060′) and Castle Peak (14,265′) Route: Conundrum Couloir (Steep Snow) Date: July 11, 2015 RT Distance: 14.5 miles RT Gain: 4,850′ RT Time: 10 hours Climbers: Ben, Jeff Summer is here. It’s crazy how fast the Colorado mountains transitioned from buried to dry. Most standard 14er routes…

Cornice Busting on Southpaw Couloir

Mountain: Torreys Peak – 14,267′ Route: Southpaw Couloir Date: July 3, 2015 RT Distance: 8 miles RT Gain: 3,000′ RT Time: 6 hours 45 minutes Climbers: Speth (speth), Adam, Jeff This snow-climbing season was disappointing. Between major life changes, a new puppy, a minor…

A Bond Between Strangers (Horseshoe Mountain/Boudoir Couloir)

There’s no point in denying it: Horseshoe Mountain’s Boudoir Couloir is a flat-out classic. I’d already climbed it in 2011 as one of my first snow climbs, but when Speth suggested it for this weekend, I had no qualms about returning. This April is…

Third Time’s the Charm on Mt. Princeton

MOUNTAIN: Mt. Princeton (14,197′) ROUTE: East Slopes RT GAIN: 5,400′ RT DISTANCE: 13.25 miles RT TIME: 10.75 hours PARTNERS: Jerry, Adam, Shawn, Joel Mt. Princeton had become something of a winter nemesis. I tried it in early January 2014 prior to shoulder surgery, but the recurring dislocations that necessitated said…

Getting the Band Back Together (Marble Mountain)

Marble Mountain (13,266′) ROUTE: East Ridge RT DISTANCE: ~7 miles RT GAIN: ~3,500′ RT TIME: ~7.5 hours CLIMBER(S): Dan McCool, Ben Shulman, Jeff Golden I’ve always held the belief that the people with whom you share the trail are the best part about hiking….

A Winter Preview on Quandary’s West Ridge

Quandary Peak: West Ridge (Fall 2014) Saturday was one of those times everything just comes together. As of early afternoon Friday, I still had no idea what I wanted to hike over the weekend. I would have loved to make the 14ers.com Fall Gathering…

A Walk to Remember (Mt. Harvard)

Mt. Harvard – South Slopes RT Distance: 14 miles RT Gain: 4,600′ RT Time: 6.5 hours Climber(s): Jeff (SurfNTurf) Mt. Harvard has crooned its siren song in my direction all summer. Of all the 14ers, it was the one I’d least-recently visited, way back…